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The Illinois University Council for Career and Technical Education existed in Illinois from 1969-2013. Throughout this period, the overarching goal of the Council was to improve instructional services for Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators and state agency stakeholders. The Council was comprised of Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, and Western Illinois University. In addition to the seven state public universities, the state agencies represented on the Council included the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).

Facilitating activities to prepare a wide range of CTE professionals in Illinois has historically been the base from which the Council has launched its operations. University representatives who served on the Council acted as the catalyst between and among CTE programs, and assumed the responsibilities of preparing individuals to work as teachers, coordinators, and additional positions in the CTE workforce. The Council was dedicated to improving CTE at all levels of education for agriculture, business, family and consumer sciences, health sciences, industrial technology, and technology education. To this end, the Council assisted the Illinois State Board of Education in developing, promoting, and coordinating statewide activities that strengthen CTE.

To date, the Council is the only group in Illinois that is comprised primarily of CTE representatives from public universities. The uniqueness of the Council lies in its potential to address, on a statewide basis, issues related to preparing CTE professionals. The Council assisted state agencies in addressing problems related to professional and personnel preparation that often originates from closed or broken communication channels. Thus, the Council provided a voice for educators and other CTE stakeholders that often are unaware of state activities, i.e., the loop for policy development and other initiatives that affect all levels of CTE.

The Council primarily focused on providing CTE educators and others with access to professional development opportunities. For example, the Council supported and facilitated the participation of teacher educators, pre-service teachers and in-service faculty in the annual statewide Connections Conference, which is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. By doing so, the Council assisted education personnel in gaining CTE professional development skills. The Council exerted energy and resources toward activities that closely affected the involvement of teachers, teacher trainees, teacher educators, coordinators, and others in the development and delivery of activities and products designed to enhance CTE. Additionally, the Council promoted and supported collaborative research with deliverable outcomes among CTE professionals, which may influence the practices of Illinois' CTE programs.

Funding for this project ended on June 30, 2013.